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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Holiday Park Preparations

October may seem early to start decorating for Christmas, but for parks maintenance crews, this time of year means the beginning of transforming Krug Park and Hyde Park into spectacular holiday parks. Crews will begin bringing holiday decorations out of storage and checking lights, testing extension cords, repairing displays and building any new holiday decorations. Elevated decorations are installed early in October throughout the parks. Around the last week in October, crews will close Krug Park to vehicle traffic so the decorations on the ground can be installed. Hyde Park will be open for traffic, but decorating will begin in the park around the same time. 

Make sure to mark your calendars as Holiday Park and the South Pole are set to open to the public during lighting ceremonies on November 29. Both lighting displays can be enjoyed daily from 6-10pm, from November 30 through January 1.
City Talk

We want to hear what you have to say... So, we are inviting you to attend the upcoming City Talk, which will be held at 7pm, on Monday, October 14, at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, 5502 Frederick Avenue. This City Talk is being hosted by Mayor Bill McMurray. Light refreshments will be provided from 6:30-7pm, if you'd like to come early and visit with your City Council representatives. This is your opportunity to let us know what us on your mind. We welcome questions, suggestions, complaints and even compliments. Or, you can just come and listen to what your neighbors have to say.

At 6:30pm, join organizers from the Women’s Foundation as they discuss their Appointments Project. Established by the organization in 2014, the Appointments Project works to increase participation in civic boards and commissions.
Upcoming Flu Clinic

The city of St. Joseph Health Department will be conducting its annual free flu clinic on Wednesday, October 16, from 8:30am-12pm. The clinic will be held at the REC Center, 2701 SW Parkway. Buchanan County residents aged 18 and older, and who are not pregnant, are encouraged to participate. The flu vaccine is free to all participants. Those who have privately provided health insurance, Medicare or Missouri HealthNet are asked to present their card at clinic registration. Patrons are asked to wear a shirt that allows access to the shoulder area where the vaccine is administered.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as it is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The health department encourages everyone over the age of six months to get an influenza vaccination especially those at high risk for serious flu complications such as young children, pregnant women, people who are morbidly obese, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older. The health department administers the quadrivalent flu vaccine which is designed to protect against four different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. 

The department is only offering drive-up service to those with mobility issues during the clinic event. The REC Center will remain open during the flu clinic hours. No services will be provided at the health department, located at 904 South 10th Street, on the day of the flu clinic, but will resume on Thursday, October 17. For more information regarding the flu clinic, call 271-4725.
Home Heating Safety

As summer has officially come to an end and we prepare to enjoy more indoor activities, it is important to make sure that home heating appliances are operated properly... read more

Have plans this weekend? Head down to Patee Park for the 23rd annual Pumpkinfest. The festival, October 11-13, will feature numerous vendors, live entertainment, the children's costume parade and the lighting of Pumpkin Mountain.

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